Music Throwback Saturday: What’s Your Name

What’s Your Name “is considered one of the signature classics of the doo-wop vocal style.”

donandjuanLooking up something about Donovan in my Top Pop Singles book, I came across the listing for Don & Juan, a rhythm and blues duo from Brooklyn, NYC.

I well remember the great hit What’s Your Name, which reached #7 on the Billboard pop charts in 1962. The pair also had a minor hit, Magic Wand (#91 in 1962.)

In the minibio, it reads: “Ronald ‘Don’ Trone and Claude ‘Juan’ Johnson of The Genies. Don died in May 1982 (age 45). Juan died on 10/31/2002 (age 67).”

Two things jump out at me: 1) they were really young when they passed away. 2) Who were The Genies? Unsurprisingly, an R&B vocal group from Brooklyn, with Roy Hammond as lead vocalist. The quintet’s sole hit was Who’s that Knocking, #71 in 1959, which I didn’t recognize by title, but knew instantly when I heard it.

Interesting that neither Don and Juan nor the Genies ever charted in the R&B/soul charts. What’s Your Name “is considered one of the signature classics of the doo-wop vocal style.”

LISTEN TO:

Who’s that Knocking – The Genies HERE or HERE or HERE.

What’s Your Name – Don & Juan HERE or HERE or HERE.

Magic Wand – Don & Juan HERE or HERE or HERE.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. i hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

One thought on “Music Throwback Saturday: What’s Your Name”

  1. Rock writer Dave Marsh has suggested that “Don” isn’t even on the record, that the largely-unison lead is Juan double-tracked. I don’t know about that.

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